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the numbers the pentagon told us about to tout how well they were doing are wrong. plus nks a hot air balloon explodes? mid-air. tourists killed by more than a dozen. >> i hear a loud explosion and see a lot of smoke. >> shepard: witnesses say the blast shook the ground and some passengers jumped seven stories trying to escape the burning balloon. tonight, searching for answers as the blame game begins. plus,. [bell] >> shepard: 20 years ago today. [sirens] >> shepard: terrorists tried to bring down the world trade center. >> it was just so infamiliar tommable. >> a new warning about americans joining forces with al qaeda. and why didn't we think of this sooner? dennis rodman brings basketball diplomacy to north korea. >> hoping be okay and hoping the kids will have a good time. >> did he pack his wedding dress? >> first from fox this tuesday night. getting a look at the moment the hot air balloon exploded in the sky and plummeted a thousand feet to the ground, 19 tourists killed. they were soaring over the ancient egyptian city at sunrise when the balloon caught fire blew up and came crashin
'll talk about that and the return of your sunshine. don't go away. >>> right now, the pentagon has grounded its entire pleat of brand new f-35 fighter jets because of a cracked engine blade. the crack eed blade was found during a routine inspection. pentagon officials ordered all 64 jets from the air force, navy, and marine corps grounded until they figure out the cause of the problem. a spokesman for the company that makes the jets says none of the other f-35s have cracks. >>> if you have a plane to catch in the next few week, the sequestration showdown could have an impact on you. we're looking live at capitol hill where lawmakers will return monday. if nothing gets done, transportation officials say furloughs would be likely for tsa agents and air traffic controllers. the national zoo might have to make tough decisions as well if a budget deal isn't reached. it's facing major cuts as part of the sequester, but how much is still up in the air. megan mcgrath has more. >> reporter: it's not typically what comes to mind when you think about federal agencies, but as part of the smith
this morning, warnings to pentagon workers about pay cuts and potential layoffs if congress fails to act on a looming budget deadline. the impact of this one could be pretty far reaching. >>> a new reason to study your credit card statements carefully. the sneaky hidden fees that could be costing you and how to avoid falling victim to them in the first place. >> that's a good way to get angry. look at your cell phone bill, your credit card bill, all those little things they tack on, you've got to call them out sometimes. >> if you call them and say what's this? sometimes they'll say, oops. >> oh, i'm sorry. how did that get on there? let me take that off. >> you've been paying $3 for four years? but we're not going to give your money back. >> we'll take care of it next month. so important advice coming up in that piece. >>> and later this half hour, he's among the most eligible bachelors on the planet. now it looks like prince harry has a new squeeze. hopefully not that snake. find out who she is coming up in "the skinny." he gets around though, man. plins harry doesn't say -- >> i've sa
saying their budgets are going to be cut. then the pentagon came out the next day and said we're going to have to lay off 800,000 civilian workers or furlough them one day a week. yesterday you had lahood, the transportation secretary come to the white house briefing room and say we're going to have delays in air traffic, shut down air traffic control. this tactic is because the white house recognizes they're trying to sway public opinion and put pressure from the outside on republicans. it's interesting. a poll came out just this week that said the vast majority of americans don't know a lot about these cuts that are coming down. the white house is trying to change that. the white house is still working, hoping for a deal. but i get a sense that most of washington and probably even at the white house they recognize we could go past the sequester at least for a few weeks, and there's going to be another chance late in march where the continuing spending resolution comes up or expires and they're going to have to negotiate deal on that. and it all could just be wrapped up into one. >> d
washington dysfunction getting in the way. >> by the end of this week the pentagon must submit its plan to the white house for how it's going to deal with automatic spending cuts if it kicks in on march 1. the february deadline will mark the beginning of a series of high level meetings with lawmakers. it's going to be a very frantic, very busy february as all sides get together and try to figure out this mess. >> the year is moving fast but not october just yet. >> that's right. >> speaking of moving fast, you're back in 30 minutes. what do you have for us? >> surprising findings about women and money. what the number one profession for women is in this day and age. >> thanks, jess. >> you got it. >>> we'll get reaction to the super bowl victory from ravens coach john harbaugh and some players coming up in sports. >> plus, what electrical crews know so far about the cause of the big power outage at the super bowl last night. >> some people on facebook blame it on pepco and in other blame it on pepco and in other news, the mm i went potty! th'sreat, honey.... wher for life's bleachable
't heard from the pentagon on the latest development. but the u.s. did confirm in 2011 this one of its unmanned drones went missing. >>> those drones will likely be one of the most heated talked points during john brennan's confirmation hearing. he's president obama's pick to head the cia. he'll face tough questions from democrats and republicans. nbc's tracie potts is live on capitol hill with a preview. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. in a written response to those lawmakers he faces later today, brennan says that those drone strikes are rare but are legal. he is defending them and will talk more about that today. he'll be asked more about that today as the top counterterror adviser for the president. the white house also releasing what had been a classified memo to lawmakers on these intelligence committees with the legal justification for why the u.s. thinks or, as the white house put, it we're doing this for the right reasons in the right way. but the ucla, privacy groups, lawmakers, even some states disagree. 11 states are trying to restrict how drones are used in their
. destroy boring car interiors forever. and that's how you do it. easy. ♪ >> the pentagon is trying to save money. it's cutting its aircraft c arrier presence from two to o ne. >>> the post office hopes to save $2 billion a year. starting in august, due to an increase, it has increased since 2010. >>> the boy scouts of america says it won't decide until may about whether to allow gay s couts and scout leaders. the executive board says the delay is needed because of the complexity of the issue. it's receiving a lot of heat from both sides. >>> making good on a super bowl bet. how senators plan to pay up.   [ woman ] my boyfriend and i were going on vacation, so i used my citi thankyou card to pick up some accessories. a new belt. some nylons. and what girl wouldn't need new shoes? and with all the points i've been earning, i was able to get us a flight to our favorite climbing spot, even on a holiday weekend. ♪ things are definitely... looking up. [ male announcer ] with no blackout dates, you can use your citi thankyou points to travel whenever you want. visit citi.com/thankyoucards t
of the pentagon, air traffic -- keep in mind that there are civilian employees of the pentagon. those are private sector jobs. 750,000 jobs and a 0.6% drag on gdp in a recovery is no small deal. wall street may not be terribly worried about debt, but regular americans who do not want to be unemployed would find a 0.6% track on gdp to be pretty significant. guest: it will have an effect on long-term unemployment insurance. there will be in effect for some people. host: our focus of the sunday morning are sequestration and the politics. our phone lines are open. dickensian -- send us an e-mail or join us on facebook or twitter. the present use sequestration as the topic of his weekly address. [video clip] thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off and parents will be scrambling to find child care for their kids. airport security will seek cutbacks, causing delays across the country. even president bush's director of the national institutes of health says these cuts will said that medical science for a generation. because have forced the navy to delay deployment of aircraft carriers to the
of pentagon cash. >> that region as everyone knows will be hard hit if the sequestration is allowed to take affect. >> and there is almost certainly some truth to that. defense contractors are bracing for cuts. but other claims about what is a relatively small cut may be more dubious. secretary of homeland security says the country would be less secure. >> i'm not here to scare people. i'm here to inform. and also to let people begin to plan. because they are going to see these impacts in their daily lives. >> what if things like long airport lines don't materialize. take weeks or months to kick in. and republicans claim the president is exaggerating. >> he's far more interested in holding campaign rallies than he is in urging senate democrats actually pass a plan. >> if you can't handle a 2.3% cut, how can we put this place back in order. >> and the is he questionster may also get lost while those cuts start hitting on friday march 1st, the continuing resolution that funds the government expires on march 27th. flip forward to may and against another debt ceiling making the sequester cuts l
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of focusing on the effect of those cuts on the pentagon, the president will talk about the effect on the middle class. things like research and headstart and push for congress to quickly make some changes to fix the debt coalition here in washington say it's not just the president and it's not just congress. they've got to work together to get this done. and on the republican side. marco rubio from florida, by the way, delivers the response tonight. republicans are already criticizing what happens after the president's speech. he's hitting the road, three trips in three days to push his agenda. mara. >> tracie potts in washington, tonight, brian williams and the nieb nbc team will have complete coverage of the state of the union address. >>> many around the world are still stunned by pope benedict's announcement he's giving up the pap papacy. and it shows lightning hitting the vatican after news broke. nbc's claudio vania is there. good morning. >> reporter: well, a day after the announcement that pope benedict will abdicate, more details are emerging the newspaper says that decis
the confirmation for the picks of the penitentiary govern -- pentagon and cis. >>> today the white house will get more input on how to crackdown on gun violence. vice president joe biden will travel to philadelphia for a roundtable discussion on gun safety. law enforcement agents will be a part of that meeting. so will congressional leaders from pennsylvania as well as deputy attorney general james cole. the vice president has been the obama administration's point person for the debate over gun control in recent weeks. >>> a local church is robbed from comfort and joy. how thieves left a congregation in the cold. that's straight ahead. >>> just in time for valentine's day. your chance to get in on mrs. carter's world tour. >>> cold and wet at 4:37. an update on your [ male announcer ] want to make a great car interior? stop looking at car interiors. get inspired by other stuff. yep. yep. ok. sure. why not? woah. touchscreens. put that in your dash. now, luxury stuff. make your seats like that. that thing has wifi, why doesn't your car? you can't do that. ignore that guy. give it wifi. yes! make i
. getting deals on pentagon contractors. >>> a day after burger king says twitter account was hacked, jeep says the same thing. cadillac is owned by chrysler. jeep is not the only corporation reporting cyber attacks. apple says some of its macintosh computers were attacked. >> the cash strapped postal service is trying its hand at side action. starting this fall, they will launch a clothing line. the apparel and accessories will be called rain, heat and snow. technology to create smart apparel also known as wearable electronics. jackets with i pod controls built into the sleeves. i like it. may i also say i went to the united states post office yesterday in the bethesda yesterday. met a wonderful gentleman, bernie. he's been trying to craft a perfect tony and tucker question. we love the united states post office. >>> still ahead in our next half hour, a dire warning from the white house. might it be a little too late however? >> and we're going to sit down with our team for a look at why a deal to stop the sequester probably won't happen. >> but first an american in saint peters seat? wha
the plants and production facilities across the country. >> reporter: the pentagon says military readiness and civilian employees will suffer and many republicans agree that the cuts will hurt. others say the president's insistence on new tax hikes ignores other reductions that could replace the sequester cuts. >> in you were to pay federal employees about the same level you pay private employees that saves about $32 billion a year. other places to cut. you could cut foreign aid in half and save $20 billion. so we have a list of savings we could send to the president if he's interested and we could do this without laying anybody off. >> reporter: now, there is a campaign element to all this. the president has been crisscrossing the country, trying to drum up public support and put more pressure on congress to get a deal done. next week he will head to newport to talk specifically about the cuts to the pentagon. back to you. >> sherri ly, thank you very much. >>> in other news, d.c. council members are holding a special meeting next week to discuss taking possible action against ward one co
level that he had been waterboarded. he had practiced at the pentagon. he had been working on this. but when he referred to containment on iran rather than prevention of nuclear weapons and had to be corrected and then corrected again, a note was passed to him, and then the chairman helpfully said to him, containment is not a policy at all. that is not our policy. that is such a critical mistake on an issue that he knew that he was going to be asked about. we knew that he was going to have to explain the, quote, jewish lobby and take that back and some of the other things. the way he did it didn't seem crisp. and then when ted cruz wheeled in the tv screen to play an al jazeera talk show and put him on the spot or how he defended israel or didn't defend israel in response to a question on a talk show, it would be like somebody saying to you or mika, joe, you were on c-span ten years ago, and what did you say to someone who called in? that was very, very tough. >> that was sort of my point at the top. >> it's interesting that you had said, mika, yesterday as we were going to a meeti
at the pentagon station will be closed. the agency is replacing escalators there and it will had stay closed into the fall. when finished, they will be similar to the one as the dupont circle station. the north entrance will stay open during construction. >>> new this morning, new information about the bus crash that killed eight people and injured more than a dozen others in southern california. the bus was carrying a tour group from tijuana, mexico. when the bus driver reported brake problems in the big bear resort area. police say the bus rear ended a sedan and hit a pickup truck that was pulling a trailer. 38 people were taken to the hospital ziefrnl the tearjerkers beat out the big laughs. which super bowl commercials rated the highest? >> an ice cold start to your week and next chance for snow is hours away. weather and traffic on the 1s ahead. >>> next, the simple task that's the subject of an out of this world viral >>> how do you wash your hands with soap and water in space. >> good question. how do astronauts wash their hands in space. >> chris hat field gave us -- he washes his ha
and significant others of service members. the perks which were previously denied by the pentagon include child care services, as well as access to on-base commissaries and movie theaters. the policy changes go into effect once training is completed. >> jobs do you know about what's on your credit report? as many as 40 million americans have errors on their credit reports, things like misspelled names, wrong addresses and birth dates. and even in some cases, wrong payment history. those mistakes can keep you from getting a loan, qualifying for lower interest rates and even cost you your job. if you find an error on your credit report, you should immediately contact the credit agencies. >>> this morning, intrigue is building around the world about who will be the next pope. next month more than 100 cardinals will meet at the vatican to begin the closed door ritual called the conclave. 11 cardinals, including donned worrell are eligible to vote. pope benedict will not vote for his successor. he will step down february 28th. he will eventually move into a monastery in the vatican dedicating his ti
to head the pentagon. pentagon. >>> a check of this morning's other top stories. the maryland senate is expected to take up a gun control law today that has the support of governor martin o'malley. opponents say it violates second amendment rights, one of most con ten schuss provisions would require people to submit to fingerprints for handgun licensing. it also would ban assault weapons. >>> the man accused in the mother-daughter murders in prince george's county will have to be retried. a judge decolored a mistrial in the case against jason scott on a technicality. the bodies of dolores and ebony dewitt were found in the trunk of a stolen burned out car in 2009. someone testified scott was involved in multiple home invasions but it had been previously ruled that only one home unvision was admissible. >> he has taken away from me my sister, my mentor, my teacher, my friend. so he must stand trial for this person. my niece. >> these are the two women in our community who were killed and we are absolutely determined that we will hold him accountable. >> the retrial is set to start in
industry. they're heavily dependent on the military. the pentagon announced that hundreds of thousands of civilian workers will be pu furloughed if no deal is reached. the zoo is waiting to make tough decisions. may have to close a major exhibit if the stalemate drags on long enough. it may have to rethink some major projects. that includes plans to acquire dheet cheetahs for the research facility in front royal. >>> the sequestration showdown continues, we'll bring you every development as the march 1st deadline approaches. you'll find the latest updates on nbcwashington.com. >>> 6:05 now. a montgomery county teacher arrested on sex abuse charges will learn whether he can be released on bond. 30-year-old timothy krupica touched two 11-year-old girls inappropriately. this happened on several occasions this school year. krupica works at meadow hall elementary in rockville. he's held in jail since his arrest. he's due in court this afternoon. >>> it could be tough to get to the district from virginia on metro this weekend. four stations on the orange line will shut down at 10:00 tonight.
are expected to come from the pentagon. a conversation about the government's use of lethal force against suspected terrorists. our guest is christopher anders. then we'll talk with judith for the national partnership. "washington journal" live at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. >> having observed a steady improvement in the opportunities and well being of our citizens, i can report to you that the state of this youthful union is good. >> once again with keeping with time honored tradition i come to report to you on the state of the union. i'm pleased to report that america is much improved and there is good reason to believe that improve will continue. >> my duty tonight is to report on the state of the union. not the state of your government but of your american community and set forth our responsibilities in the words of our founders to form a more perfect union. the state of the union is strong. >> as we gather tonight, our nation is at war, our economy is in recession, and the civilized world faces unprecedented dangers, yet the state of our union has never been stronger. >> it is becau
103 different stem -- science, technologies, engineering and math -- programs within the pentagon alone. consolidating those would save $1.7 billion over the next ten years. these are programs that are not necessarily initiated by congress, by the way. so they do have the flexibility to make those changes. department of defense tuition assistance program totally duplicates our veterans tuition assistance program. so you can do in service have this access to tuition while in service and then have the identical tuition access afterwards and you can claim them both. there's nothing wrong with wanting togy an educational benefit to our troops, but we don't need to do it twice. that's a significant savings of $4.5 billion. alternative energy. we have a department of energy. their whole goal is to work on alternative energy and renewable energy and efficiency within energy. the department of defense is spending $700 million a year on research in alternative energy that totally duplicates everything we're doing everywhere else. so there's $00700 million that we should not be spending at
cuts scheduled to take effect march 1. half the cuts are from the pentagon. we will discuss that with ray locker. and a conversation about the use of lethal force against suspected terrorists. then we will talk about the 22 anniversary of the family and medical leave act. washington journal, live at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. tonight, former president bill clinton speaks to a gathering of house democrats. new secretary of state john kerry meets with the canadian foreign minister. then a military farewell for leon panetta. senator ben cardin talks to employees at the national institutes of health. >> first lady helen taft on discussing politics. >> i had always had the satisfaction of knowing almost as much he about the politics and intricacies of any situation. i think any woman can discuss with her husband topics of national interest. i became familiar with more than politics. >> helen taft, whose husband, william howard taft, was the only man to serve as president and supreme court justice. c-span is new original series, first ladies, image and influence. produced with t
to georgetown, today, leon panetta warned of huge budget cuts looming for the pentagon if congress doesn't act. and he had some choice words for both sides blaming each for to reach an agreement to avoid cuts to our military. also generally what's happened lately to washington. >> thank you very much. this is not a game. this is reality. these steps would seriously damage a fragile american economy, and they would degrade our ability to respond to crisis, precisely at a time of rising instability across the globe. >> panetta served for 16 years, 8 terms. today he called the defense spending cuts legislative madness. >>> the use of drones continues to make headlines tonight. after our nbc news report about the obama administration's use of drone strikes to target suspected terrorists overseas. that same technology is being used here at home, a lot. not to launch missile strikes of any kind, but as eyes in the sky for a local law enforcement and a lot of other uses. they've got a lot of folks concerned, and some states are moving to ban drones. our report tonight from nbc's john yang in chicago.
wanted to cut the pentagon budget since talking the whew house 4 1/2 years ago. >> he was wanted to cut the pentagon since he was a state senator in illinois. he is getting his way. the left is very happy from sequestration. there are reports saying hey, we're finally cutting the defense department. as iran advances towards nuclear weapons, north korea running tests on nuclear weapons may or may not be for iran you don't want to signal to iran, hey, we're not sending aircraft carriers to the persian gulf because i negotiated something i don't like. this is very poor leadership skill. bill: what speaker bain are said to cbs and scott pelley last night he believes the white house is playing games. we'll get into that with rand paul in about 30 minutes. stuart varney was talking about "the wall street journal" report this morning saying that, even with the cuts, across the board the way they are stacked against the defense department the president still has authority as commander-in-chief to administer these cuts. is that true? >> it is. you know, everyone keeps talking about sequestration
for the city. a heads up for anyone the pentagon metro station today. aresouthside escalators all crews replace them. still be able to access the station using the northsideand .scalators it is expected to be finished this fall. replace 100 28 metrotors throughout the system. >> 5:37 right now. still ahead, the redskins did not make it to the super bowl, still hadarterback reason to celebrate. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. i just served my mother-in-law your chicken noodle soup but she loved it so muto... i told her it was homemade. everyone tells a little white lie now and then. but now she wants my recipe [ clears his throat ] [ softly ] she's right behind me isn't she? [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. of green giant vegetables it's easy to eat like a giant... ♪ and feel like a green giant. ♪ ho ho ho ♪ green giant maryland invites you to an open house. any day during february. good morning, washington. welcome back to "good morning washington." we are here chatting during commercial breaks. let's check in with weather. donow we all know what you during commer
. >>> outgoing defense secretary leon panetta will say his final goodbyes to his colleagues at the pentagon. that happens later this morning. he's served since july of 2011. his possible replacement. former nebraska senator chuck hagel could be one step closer to being confirmed. the committee plans to put the nomination up for a vote. >>> now to the ongoing search for the ex-officer wanted for murder. new documents reveal christopher dorner might have fled to mexico. as police continue their manhunt across southern california, authorities are searching more than 30 square miles across the big bear area, which includes a popular ski resort. dorner's burned-out truck was found in the area with weapons and camping gear inside. dorner was fired a few years ago from the lapd and it's believed his attacks are part of a revenge plot. >> to be targeted because you took an oath to protect others, to have your family targeted because they're related to you, that is absolutely terrifying. >> authorities have increased security along the u.s./mexico border and warn airport security to be on the lookou
, we're following two big stories this morning. the pentagon forced to make a major cut that some are concerned will be a threat to security. >>> time now is 5:28.  [ male announcer ] pipillsbury grands biscuits. delicious. but say i press a few out flat... add some beef sloppy joe sauce... and cheese fold it all up and boom! i just made an unbeatable unsloppy joe pillsbury grands biscuits. let the making begin. [ malcrrkkhshziiiizzlllee. to this symphony of flavor: beautiful. shhhhshshshshhshshhhhhsshhhshs. gorgeous! here comes the crescendo. kkerrrrbbuuuuuucraaackkk. just...incredible. pillsbury toaster strudel. if beethoven made breakfast. >>> good morning on this thursday, looking live over washington d.c. going to be a little cold. little check in with tucker now and get the latest on our forecast. >>> good morning. just looking at the latest s torm. we have a developing storm tomorrow. we're going to be on the southern and western end of it. if you don't like winter w eather, that's good news for u s. our friends to the north will be shoveling and shoveling later t
the express bus service to the pentagon. this is all to enhance service when the silver line metro begins again this year. some writers say switching to metro could significantly increase their commute. it appears chuck hagel has enough votes to become the next secretary of defense. >> he secured the necessary votes when richard shelby of alabama changed sides. he said he would vote for him. shall be joined republicans initially it last week for an unprecedented filibuster. first lady michelle obama is making a return to late-night tv. she will appear tonight on late- night with jimmy fallon. this will mark the third anniversary of her fitness and -- initiative let's move. >> jacqui joins us now. good to see you. >> we're looking at live pictures out of chicago. look no further than chicago. you can see at the bottom of the screen -- >> chicago has been about as we have been. a snow drought. and received less than an inch. it will pick up later this evening. they could see their heaviest snowfall, which could be about three or 5 inches. 17 inches of snowfall in kansas. it has been a crazy
the board. with the pentagon and other departments already in crisis mode, the white house announced thursday that he had phoned them but wouldn't state more. was it to reach out for a decision or to reach out in order to compromise? >> the president shoek with senator mcconnell and the speaker. i have no content to read out to you. the two republican leaders pointed out this was the first time they reached out in ought mat imcuts in 2012. it will mean $1.2 trillion in across-the-board cuts. thursday president obama argued to friendly radio hosts that they're standing in his way for the wrong reasons. >> their basic view is nothing is important enough to raise taxes on well thi individuals or corporations corporations. and they would prefer to see these kinds of cuts and that's what behinds them at that the point. eric cantor put it this way in a statement. president obama has said that unless he gets a second tax hike, he will forced to let criminals loose on the streets meats at your grocery store won't be inspected and emergency responders won't be able to d
will be to defense, the pentagon saying that $800,000 civilian employees could face furloughs, and everyone in the federal government from f.b.i. agents to meat inspectors to emergency responders could face furloughs. education funding and head start could also be especially hard hit, and we start off this morning with education secretary arne duncan. mr. secretary, thank you for joining us this morning. >> good morning, major. thanks for having me. >> garrett: i know you will get to some of the implications of the across-the-board cuts, but in the recovery academy the education department received $98 billion. isn't there room in your budget, mr. secretary, to absorb some of these spending cuts and not have some of the negative effects that have been tellsed so far? >> our money all goes out to school districts. as you know, the vast majorpt of federal money goes to help vulnerable children, whether children with special needs, poor children whether whether adults in college doing work study, whether our babies in head start. we don't have any ability with dumb cuts like this to figure out
return home, and i admit that when we first asked him to lead the pentagon, his answer was simple -- no. but i kept asking him. i am persistent. that is how michelle married me. i just kept at it, and it is a testament to his patriotism, to his sense of duty, that leon agreed to serve on this one last tour. perhaps it was the memory of his parents and opening their homes up to gi's added to the pacific, perhaps leon served himself, a young lieutenant in the army. perhaps it was the experience of watching his youngest son deployed to afghanistan. what we do know is this -- as our nation's's 23rd secretary of defense and every action beyond panetta has taken, every decision he has made has been with one goal in mind -- taking care of our sons and our daughters in uniform and keeping america safe. just think of the progress under his watch. because we ended the war in iraq, winding down the war in afghanistan, our troops are coming home, and next year our war in afghanistan will come to an end. we have put the core of al qaeda on the path to defeat. we have been relentless against its affi
the pentagon to the inbound 14th street bridge. inbound suitland parkway and coming across the douglas bridge. that's a check of your fox 5 on time traffic. >> julie, thanks. red light cameras in maryland causing quite the stir among drivers in rockville. >> the amount of tickets in the last year has nearly doubled and the reason why may surprise you. melanie alnwick is live with more. >> reporter: good morning, tony and allison. yeah, you know, this is definitely causing a lot of consternation among drivers especially those who received tickets and didn't realize they were being cited for blowing through a red light when they believed they stopped at those intersections. so here's what's going on. the city of rockville changed camera vendors. changed the cameras and what they consider to be a red light violation. let's show you video we shot. here's what it looks like. the cameras will flash if the driver crosses the white stop line. also videotaped drivers making right turns on red but they'll get a ticket if they don't come to a complete stop before making the turn. westbound at research.
pentagon parking and the earlier crash has cleared. lanes are open. southbound connecticut avenue. heavy and slow from the beltway. that's a check of your fox 5 on time traffic. >> julie, thank you very much. chief financial officer says he is stepping down june 1st. he has served the city for nearly 15 years and is just one year into his current five year term. a spokes person says the retirement is for purely personal reasons. comes amid questions into tax assessments and transparency. for more on the surprising resignation and what's next, we turn to jack evans. good morning, a little unfair. everybody was up watching the superbowl. thanks for coming in early. let's talk about this. is this a surprise resignation? >> a little bit of a surprise. confirmed for another five year term in june. not been that long. i was surprised when he decided to go. he's had a rough six months. maybe that entered into his decision. >> purely personal reasons. that is the story we are reporting. that is what your office has heard. >> that's what he told me personally he was leaving to focus more time in
. as is widely recognized, sequestration over the next 10 years apply to the pentagon budget would only reduce it in inflation adjusted terms to what it was in 2007 a. the most powerful military in the world -- 2007, as the most powerful military in the world engaged in a war in iraq and the challenge in afghanistan. if members of congress pay attention to the facts, they will see a clear path to dramatically reduce pentagon spending without undermining america's position as being the most powerful nation on the planet. and nobody has done a better job of highlighting a path forward, an area of opportunity, than walter pinkus writhing on the pages of the "washington post" over the last couple years as he details the sweep of our nuclear weapons program and the spending trajectory. this morning's latest offering should be required reading for every member of congress and the ones who whine the loutest should be forced to read it -- loudest should be forced to read it twice. he details a vast array of nuclear weapons already deployed, ready to be deployed within 30 minutes, a relic of our conten
prepared level in a decade. the pentagon announced wednesday it has approved cutting the aircraft carriers from 2 to 1. the move will save millions of dollars each year. despite his opposition, some analysts say the move is logical. >> so all it does is temporarily at times reduce our standing cape ability to launch a preemptive strike. so if we change our mind we can change the policy. >> budget issues are forcing carriers to stay at sea longer for nine instead of 6. >> attracted hundreds of protestors yesterday. governor martin omalley is calling for a ban on military type rifles increasing licensing fees and requiring training in order to own a gun. the governor believes his plan will prevent dangerous people from owning the guns. republicans say it punishes the wrong people. also in maryland, a push to increase the number of early voting centers. the early voting access act will be considered today and if passed would allow more early voting centers during primary elections. comes after voters were forced to wait in line for hours to cast their ballot during the presidential election i
and there is a people would use the pentagon metro station. three of the station's six escalators will go out of service starting today. they are being completely replaced. now, the project should be finished sometime in the fall. >>> bus rider coming in from the west have a new place to leave their cars. a new park and ride lot opens today in ashburn. this is for the people would use the loudoun county tyson's express bus service. the new lot is at goose creek village at the corner of sickle and bell montreal ridge road. >>> the ravens win super bowl xlvii and it was an extra special night for joe flacco who was named mvp. hear what he has to say about the honor. the honor.  [ woman ] my boyfriend andnd i were going on vacation, so i used my citi thankyou card to pick up some accessories. a new belt. some nylons. and what girl wouldn't need new shoes? and with all the points i've been earning, i was able to get us a flight to our favorite climbing spot, even on a holiday weekend. ♪ things are definitely... looking up. [ male announcer ] with no blackout dates, you can use your citi thankyou
. today is the first day for an escalator replacement station at the pentagon station. so the south entrance will be closed. it will be closed into the fall of this year. when completed the escalators will be similar to the ones recently installed at the dupont circle station. the north entrance will be open during construction. >>> police are investigating a crash involving a school bus this morning. the bus collided with an suv at the intersection of connecticut and east-west highway. there were no students on the bus at the time of the accident. the bus was actually on its way to pick up students for school. there were no serious injuries reported. danella? >> it's quiet today. a lot of folks slept in, i think, because of the super bowl. let's talk about construction on the beltway here. the outer loop toward georgetown pike, you will see an alternating closure. possibly over to right lane. not bad on the american legion bridge but you will hit the brakes and slow there. eastbound at fairfax county parkway. construction should be in the left lane or right lane. alternating closur
. >> the pentagon makes good on a promise today. how they're reaching out to same-sex couples in the military. >>> an atlantic city casino, >>> coming up next, police take new steps to find a killer who brutally beat an elderly woman. we're right back. >>> welcome back at 4:30, i'm jim handly. >> his decision is being praised around the world as honest and courageous. the pope's announcement today stunned the world when he said he will step down at the end of the month. pope benedict xiv says he's too old and too frail to lead his flock. the last time the pope did not die in office was the year 1415. >>> this is what it looked like when a tornado tore through hattiesburg, mississippi last night. the twister destroyed hundreds of homes and cars, knocked down trees, left a trail of debris. 60 people were hurt, but luckily no one was killed. >>> getting off to a cold start again tonight with more wind. >> veronica has the latest. >>> well, we're going to be dropping down into the 30s tonight. we stand at 54 degrees right now. we have overcast skies, but we are seeing some clearing. you can see t
senate confirmations of the president's picks to lead the pentagon and cia unless the white house releases more information about the attack. the obama administration has not commented on graham's threat. >>> jury selection begins in the trial of a man federal agents call one. most dangerous men ever in prince george's county. prosecutors say jason scott killed two mothers and daughters in 2009. scott is already serving time for a crime spree that police say included burglaries, home invasions and a sexual assault. they say he used the computer at the ups facility where he worked to target his victims. >>> new developments in the murder case of a 15-year-old chicago teen gunned down after performing at an inauguration event in d.c. two people are in custody in chicago for questioning of the murder of hadiya pendleton. she was shot a mile away from the familiar -- the two suspects were pulled over early sunday. no formal charges have been filed. >>> police in los angeles are offering $1 million for information on ex-officer christopher dorner who is suspected of murdering three peo
in a speech, leon panetta warned of huge budget cuts looming for the pentagon if congress doesn't act. and he had had some choice words for both sides blaming each for to reach an agreement to avoid cuts to our military. also generally what's happened lately to washington. >> thank you very much. this is not a game. this is reality. these steps would seriously damage a fragile american economy, and they would degrade our ability to respond to crisis, precisely at a time of rising inacross stability across the globe. >> panetta served for 16 years, 8 terms. today he called the defense spending cuts legislative madness. >>> the use of drones continues to make headlines tonight. after our nbc news report about the obama administration's use of drone strikes to target suspected terrorists overseas. that same technology is being used here at home, a lot. not to launch missile strikes of any kind, but as eyes in the sky for a local law enforcement and a lot of other uses. they've got a lot of folks concerned, and some states are moving to ban drones. our report tonight from nbc's john yang in chica
and the pentagon. at this point there is no hint of bipartisan compromise and i think the odds is better than 50/50 the sequester will go through. >> the most important question, who is going to be on the show this weekend? >> we'll have lindsey graham leading the charge to get information about benghazi and then we'll talk to senator rand paul. he gave the tea party response to the republican response to the president's speech. he's critical of both the obama agenda and also the republican agenda. we'll talk to him about that. >> going to be an interesting show this weekend. thanks so much. we'll see you here on fox news sunday here on fox 5. >>> coming up next the contest for a good cause, the clef competition that has local students -- clever competition that has local students helping people with disabilities.  >>> the maryland students are using simple items like index cards, pvc pipes to make dramatic changes in the lives of others. the group made it to the finals of a national competition and today they had to show off their work. fox 5's beth parker tells us their designs come from
: march 1st, more than $85 billion in cuts kick in. the pentagon will take a $46 billion hit. but the cuts will also be felt outside washington. if the agriculture department furloughs workers, expect fewer food safety inspections and higher food prices. if the homeland security department tells screeners to stay home, airport security lines are expected to grow. national parks would have to cut more than $100 million t. could impact everything, from operation hours to grass cutting. from the grand canyon to hear at -- here at the national mall. >> reporter: tom kiernan, from the national parks conversation association says it will have a ripple effect. >> the local communities will get hammered. i think it's devastating. it's embarrassing as a country. >> reporter: former congressman jim nussle, who helped pass four balanced budgets, said washington is doing this to itself. >> all of this is kind of compounding. about every month, there's another crisis that is manufactured by the president and the office. and that's no way to run thin
, pentagon and other military programs would be hit. only social security, medicaid, veterans benefits and some programs for low income families are spared. even the smithsonian museums and the national could could be impacted by this. according to the "washington post," the zoo could lose $10 million from its $50 million budget. they say that would impact the exhibits at the zoo, not the animal care. so clearly the sequestration would have widespread consequences. think about it. any kind of federal spending, all of those things could face cuts with the sequestration. that is the latest here on capitol hill. back to you. >> thank you. >>> making headlines this morning, an alert for parents in maryland. police believe there is a man or several different men stalking young women and girls in southern montgomery county. a young woman reported being followed by a man in a minivan in friend high pressure heights on tuesday night. she was able to get into a friend's house after a man got out of his vehicle and came toward her quickly. earlier that afternoon, a man drying an suv approached
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